Archive for July 4th, 2009

They surely were, at some point.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think the idea of public protest against a fiscally inept Federal Government, especially congress, is a necessity as a wake up call to all wasteful governments and an apathetic public.  The Tea Parties, unfortunately, have a become the new pulpit that the Republican party is using to bash the Democrats and Obama, and perpetuate the divisiveness amongst the American public that’s created by the (D) and (R) parties in the first place.  Yes there is a problem with the (D) and Obama, but the same applies to majority of (R) leadership as well.

What do I mean by stating the Tea Party movement has been taken over by the (R) party.  I’m not even going to include the current politicians who are using them to woo voters for the next election cycle and make up for for the past wrongs they’ve committed against their constituents.  The biggest financial supporter and promoter of the Tea Parties is American for Prosperity

American for Prosperity is primarily funded through Koch Family Foundations. The company is owned by two of the richest men in America,” David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, who’s personal fortune estimated at more than $3 billion and who have emerged as major Republican contributors .

And while the Koch Foundation is a non-profit and donates primarily to purported Libertarian non-profits, these libertarian non-profits are also donated to by some of the biggest corporations in America that support both (D) and (R).  Many of the members and current and former directors of Americans for Prosperity are/were employed by the Koch Corp.(the for profit side).

Their first President was Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer
-former senior and chief economist at the Republican National Committee
-directed the Washington Office of Koch Industries
-served in the Bush administration in the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women

If you keep going through the bios of members and directors, you find so many ties to the (R) party.  So my point here is, since the Tea Parties have been hijacked by the (R) party, even though it wasn’t supposed to be, it has become target for the (D) controlled media and will be marginalized.  This of course runs counter of the movement’s purpose, which was to give all voters the chance to assemble in demonstration to show the disgust of both major political parties.

What to do about?  My only answer is to try to form as independents for independence and make it absolutely clear both major political parties are the subject of our anger.  Continue to educate the public about the left/right paradigm created by the political party illusion.

I attended the Tea Party in Boiling Spring, SC today which featured Alan Keyes as guest speaker.  I was surprised by the turnout of at least 300, considering it is was in a kind of tucked away area.  Overall, the atmosphere was pleasant.  I was kind of taken back by the skinheads present and the lack of minorities, but all and all it was a good showing.  Here is the audio of Alan Keyes speech: part 1, part 2, part 3

In case you didn’t read it, here is Alan Keyes’ column in worldnetdaily.com , in his own words, on why he was having tea in Boiling Springs, SC.

Because organizers there did not shy try to discourage me from presenting what I believe to be the true and essential message about the crisis the United States now faces. I believe it’s a crisis that goes beyond Obama and his determination to drive America over the cliff of socialist self-destruction. It goes beyond the willingness of self-serving elites to plunge generations of Americans into enslaving national debt that will hollow out both our economic strength and our liberty. I cannot talk about the crisis that grips us today without reference to the collapse of moral principle and national character that lies at the root of it.

A great speaker as a defender of liberty

I noticed a lot of anti-Obama literature andsigns when we arrived, so it had the feel of a Republican rally.  When we arrived, Ms. Christina Jeffrey, who is running for political office, was all about the (R) party.  She kept bashing the (D) and saying the (R) needed to take back control of Congress and the White House.   After I heard that, I just tuned her out and handed out fliers about this movement not being a (R)/(D) movement.  It also advertised The Liberty Journal website.

We need to grow this more and plan these once every 3 month.  The more we have them, the more people will start to attend.  When Boiling Spring had their Tea Party this past April, only about 150 people showed up.  Three months later, well over 300 showed.  Even though it’s the 4th of July, that double the attendees.  Support you local Tea Parties.

Here are more pics from the rally.

Story Amended July 5, 2009

The Spartanburg Herald write-up on the story on July 5, 2009.  They estimated the crowd between 600-800, so I missed by several hundred.  Way to go Upstate.

Nice Poster

Nice Poster

Attendees

Attendees

Legalize Liberty - Sign of the times

Declaration of Liberty Flag - Nice

Very fitting apparel